“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a, NIV).
Perfect love drives out fear. It is a weapon God has given you to fight fear in your life. Perfect love can only be discovered in Jesus Christ. It is a love that loves you no matter what you have been. It is a love that always sees you beautiful and whole through the eyes of grace. It is a love that always seeks to heal and help you discover freedom. It is a love that desires nothing more than you to know who you are in Jesus Christ. It is a love that can only be found in an intimate relationship with the Lord. His love perfected in your life, offers you the life-changing experience of unmerited grace. When you do not have this relationship His love cannot be perfected. Lay all of yourself down on His altar. Hold nothing of self back. Study His Word until it transform you and renews you in the spirit (attitude) of your mind (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:23). As you know Him more intimately, His perfect love will be more real to you instead of your fear.
“Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18b). God says that if you are tormented by fear, you have not experienced His perfect love. Fear is all about punishing you. Satan punishes you with condemnation. God loves you with conviction, and His conviction is meant to help change your attitude, and turn from that which destroys you. Fear punishes you. Faith builds a rock-solid belief in God's perfect love. When fear rises up, it is a reminder that you need to continue seeking God, and choose to believe in His faithfulness.
Your faith in the perfect and faithful love of God is what ultimately helps conquer fear. Your faith rises from hearing the Word and knowing the love of Christ (Romans 10:17). The spirit of fear will always try to rise up. But your shield of faith can become strong enough to stand against it (Ephesians 6:16). Against that shield of faith fear cannot prevail. Faith will be your reality, and fear will be the unrealistic lie of a defeated enemy.